San Francisco faith communities to offer more shelter space over the winter

San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared on Friday that the city’s faith communities and religious institutions will once more offer extra beds for homeless individuals throughout the winter season. The Interfaith Winter Shelter initiative aims to augment shelter capacity by 30 to 80 beds per night until March 24. The overnight shelter operates across five different locations, each associated with a distinct faith community: Canon Kip Senior Center, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, St. Mark’s Lutheran, and First Unitarian Universalist Church.

Dinner and breakfast are served every day through the program. All sites welcome all genders and accept self-referrals, ages 18 years and older. 

The program is run by the San Francisco Interfaith Council, Episcopal Community Services and the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. 

San Francisco provides shelter and housing to almost 16,000 homeless and formerly homeless individuals every night, of which more than 3,000 are in shelters, according to the mayor’s office.

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